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Class XIII fellows

We've heard of these at District Conferences, maybe at a club program, or through posts on various social media channels . . . Rotary Peace Fellows and Rotary Peace Centers.

What are these?

Rotary's Peace Fellowship is a highly competitive educational program that awards 100 fully-funded masters degrees or professional certificates through one of six institutions designated as Rotary Peace Centers. These world-class programs are located in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, and United States.

This spring, George and Kerstin Trowbridge were honored with an invitation from Rotary Past World President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, to attend the graduation of the World Peace Scholars in Appsala, Swedenhad. We know there are many throughout the District who have met George, a long-time member of Rotary Club of Grand Rapids . . . a tireless supporter of The Rotary Foundation, an advocate for the Peace Fellowship program, a generous man and wonderful Rotarian.

This is the story about the event and the impact that it had…….


Club Name Chartered # of Yrs Chartered Member Current Members
Muskegon  01-May-1916 100 45 225
Traverse City  01-May-1920 96 42 245
Wawa  01-May-1961 55 8 19
Kentwood  07-May-1957 59 7 27
Traverse Bay Twilight  07-May-2004 12 21 26
South Kent
(Byron Center)
10-May-2004 12 21 26
Big Rapids  11-May-1923 93 9 54
Manistee  19-May-1924 92 6 31
Grand Rapids-East  20-May-1971 45 2 25
Sault Ste. Marie North  20-May-1971 45 6 48
Zeeland  21-May-1934 82 3 10
Rockford  21-May-1948 68 7 35
White Cloud  23-May-1947 69 8 25
Traverse Bay Sunrise  27-May-1999 17 37 70
Manton  29-May-1962 54 2 11

As Rotarians, we have the unique opportunity and ability to significantly impact the lives of those less fortunate. For the past 10 years, I have realized that opportunity by working with Pure Water for the World (PWW) and many District 6290 Clubs in efforts to provide safe water and sanitation to underserved communities in Haiti. While it can be difficult to explain the profound impact that we as Rotarians can exert, I have seen, firsthand, the lifesaving capabilities that safe water possesses, as it brings children struggling with debilitating and sometimes life threatening waterborne illnesses back to good health.
With the Rotary year just past the halfway point, I would like to present two well- defined water/ hygiene projects that would certainly benefit from any residual funds that your club or individuals may want to consider supporting.
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Sarah Sanderson Doyle is spending two years studying and doing research in Peace and Conflict Resolution at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Follow her journey.

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